How to apply for a firearm license from SAPS in South Africa

To apply for a firearm license from the South African Police Service (SAPS), you would generally need to follow these steps:

  1. Attend a competency training course: Before applying for a firearm license, you must first undergo a competency training course approved by the SAPS. This course covers aspects such as firearm safety, handling, and the law surrounding firearms.
  2. Obtain a competency certificate: After completing the training course, you need to apply for a competency certificate from the SAPS. The application form can be obtained from your nearest police station or downloaded from the SAPS website. You will need to submit the form along with the required documents, which may include proof of residence, identity documents, fingerprints, and two passport-sized photographs.
  3. Choose the type of firearm license: There are different types of firearm licenses available in South Africa, including self-defense, occasional hunting, and dedicated hunting licenses. Determine the purpose for which you are applying for the firearm license and select the appropriate license type.
  4. Complete the application form: Fill out the relevant firearm license application form, which can be obtained from your nearest police station or downloaded from the SAPS website. Provide accurate information, ensuring all sections are completed correctly.
  5. Submit the application: Take your completed application form, along with the required supporting documents, to your nearest designated firearms officer at your local police station. The designated firearms officer will guide you through the application process and ensure that all the necessary paperwork is in order.
  6. Pay the application fee: There is an application fee associated with applying for a firearm license. The fee amount may vary depending on the type of license you are applying for. Check with the SAPS or your designated firearms officer for the current fee.
  7. Wait for the application to be processed: Once your application is submitted, it will be processed by the SAPS. This process may take several months as the SAPS conducts background checks and verifies the information provided. During this time, you may be contacted for an interview or site inspection.
  8. Collect your firearm license: If your application is approved, you will be notified by the SAPS. You can then collect your firearm license from the designated firearms officer at your local police station. Ensure that you bring the necessary identification documents when collecting the license.